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Off Road Trail Spotlight: Birch Springs Loop - St. George, Utah Trails

There’s no doubt that Moab is the home of off-roading in Utah. With plenty of popular trails to its name, it’s safe to say that Moab is the Mecca of off-roading.

However, it would be a mistake to think that Moab is the only good off-roading location in Utah. There are plenty of other trails around if you’re willing to put in the time and effort to find them. For instance, the area near and around St. George is rapidly becoming famous for the off-roading trails found there. These trails are especially appealing to those who want to enjoy some off-roading away from the crowds and long queues that are common in Moab.

Birch Springs Loop Trail

One of the lesser-known trails in St. George is the Birch Springs Loop trail. This is a 24.8 mile moderately trafficked, loop trail that’s close to the Dixie Forest and Hatch Mountain. The trail takes you to Birch Springs as well as Birch Springs Knoll. The knoll trail takes off from Cameron Wash and wraps around the southern side of Birch Spring Knoll before tying back into the east of Miller Knoll.

The scenery here is pristine with splendid views of the red rock cliffs so common in this area. If you have time, you can go on to explore Rock Canyon or Mammoth Ridge, both of which are near the trail. You can also take time out to take photos of Haycock Mountain, Hatch Mountain as well as Blue Spring Mountain.

Prepare for the Trip

There’s very little information out there on this trail. This makes it even more appealing to go and explore it. You can download a detailed map of these and other similar lesser-known trails from the Dixie 4 Wheel Drive online store. The maps are in GPX format so you can easily upload them to Garmin or other GPS tracking devices and take them with you wherever you go. Much more convenient than carrying cumbersome maps, right?

If you’re planning to take this trail, ensure you follow all the rules of off-roading and make sure you take someone along with you. Some of the trails in St. George are in remote areas and it always helps to have company in case of an emergency. Don’t forget to carry enough water, food, and emergency gear. If you’d like to explore the area, why not join us on one of our southern Utah trail rides? You’re guaranteed to have fun and learn something new at the same time.

Also, ensure that your vehicle is in good condition to tackle the trail. To make sure it is, bring it to one of the Dixie 4 Wheel Drive auto shops in Moab or St. George for some pre and post-trail service and maintenance.

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